Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Recipe of the Week -- Vodka Pasta

I'm a big girl. I admit when I'm wrong.
And wrong I was, about vodka pasta.

In the past, I've opened up a jar of Bertolli vodka sauce, thrown in some sausage and onion, and poured it over pasta. Now, while there's nothing inherently wrong with doesn't even come close to comparing to this.

I adapted a Rachael Ray recipe (called "you won't be single for long vodka sauce) and made it my own :0)

Without further ado...

Lora's Vodka Sauce

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped (or more if you prefer it)
approximately a pound of Italian sausage
1 cup vodka *
1/2 cup chicken stock *
1 can tomatoes (I currently use fire roasted italian)
salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, etc to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream

Heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add oil, butter, garlic, and onions. Gently saute for 3 to 5 minutes. Add sausage and brown. Add vodka to the pan, 3 turns around the pan in a steady stream will equal about 1 cup. Reduce vodka by half, this will take 2 or 3 minutes. Add chicken stock, tomatoes. Bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer. Season with salt, pepper and other seasonings. Simmer the sauce while cooking pasta (I use penne). Right before time to drain the pasta, stir cream into sauce. When sauce returns to a bubble, remove it from heat.

*play around with these based on how liquid-y you want your sauce.  But that is the ratio.  I sometimes use 3/4 cup vodka to 1/4 cup chicken broth for a thicker sauce.



Caitlin said...

That stuff smelled so delicious!! I can't wait for a special occasion so I can try it out!

Brooke said...

that sounds amazing!!

joanofalltrades said...

MMMM! I'm such a foodie. I will pass this recipe on to my hubby. He's always looking to make something new.

Anita said...

Hi Lora! Thanks for stopping by my blog, sending love from SITS!
This sauce sounds amazing.......what kind of tomatoes? crushed? pureeed? Thanks, and drop by anytime, have a wonderful day!

Jaycee said...

Oh yummie! I've got to try this one. Thanks for sharing!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Mmmmm... I love vodka sauce mixed with spicy sausage and a red sauce. I will try this.

Megan said...

That sounds SOOOO good! Gonna have to give it a try very soon!